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Faith and Daily Life

Happy New School Year! The other day I was thinking to myself that I should set some New Year’s Resolutions for my upcoming school year and then I both laughed at myself at the thought of that and was also flabbergasted that it’s time to start thinking about going back to school again. We claim […]


I’m the Martha

Several weeks ago, we heard the story of Martha and Mary, where Martha invites Jesus to dine in her home and while she’s busy cooking and cleaning, her sister, Mary, sits and listens to Jesus; He tells Martha that Mary is doing the better thing. (Luke 10:38-42). I’m the Martha. I’ve known this since the […]


Detours

This word has penetrated our lives this summer with great frequency. Most of us think of road construction when seeing this word. The word DETOURS took on new meaning when I was blessed to travel in northern Germany and Scandinavia this summer. Every evening I would read the details of the places we were planning […]


Reading the Bible, Asking Questions and Growing in Faith

When I graduated from seminary I still didn’t know a significant amount about the bible. I had been taught to read with a critical eye, to ask questions, how to use Greek and Hebrew and write my own translations of the biblical text, but if you were to ask me about peopleinthebibleorevencertainstoriesIwasprettyclueless. Infactitwas almost ridiculous […]


Serve and Obey

“I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth… What is this? Or What does this mean?” Hopefully these words are somewhat familiar. The first half of the phrase is the first article of the Apostles’ Creed. The second half is Martin Luther’s question for each part of his confession (explanation) of […]



Heirs

As families we are heirs of the lives of those who have gone before us. This is true for our individual families, as well as our families of faith. It has certainly been true lately at Shepherd. A few weeks ago Brian, our Elementary Age Ministry Coordinator was able to more fully live into the […]


The Spirit is Alive at SOTH

When I woke up on the morning of Pentecost Sunday, I knew it was going to be an intense day for me and the closer I got to the church, the more nervous I was becoming. I must have played dozens of scenarios out in my head to mentally prepare myself for any and all […]


Partnership, Prayers, Tapestry, Tragedy and Real Presence

It’s my worst nightmare for something to happen to one of my children and I know I’m not alone. Sometimes, my friend Molly and I will talk about it together and we almost can’t say the words aloud. We whisper, “I don’t know what I would do if anything happened to…” and then fill in the […]


Miracles

This is an entry from Pastor Melissa’s blog written before her son Christopher was found on May 4th, 2017 in the Mississippi River. I share it with all of you because Melissa’s faithfulness and ability to proclaim hope in Christ shines through her writing. Throughout all of her heart-break over Chris’s death Melissa keeps reaching […]